Gaming $1700 Budget

This is the first attempt for building a computer so I was just looking around for parts. I'm curious of this rig is good at all?
If not could

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better)) This Week

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates: $1700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies) Gaming

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.:, -- to show us selection & pricing) Not quite sure where its best to buy

Country: (e.g.: India) US

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I prefer AMD

Overclocking: Not quite sure what it is or how

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 19200/1080

CPU: AMD FX-8150 FX 8-Core Black Edition Processor Socket AM3+ - FD8150FRGUBOX

GPU: Radeon XFX HD 6970 2 GB Graphics Card

Ram: Corsair XMS3 16GB (4x 4GB) PC3-10666 1333MHz DDR3 Memory Kit for AMD and Intel Dual Channel Processors

Motherboard:GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Hardrive: Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB Desktop Hard Drive WD20EARX

Blueray: Asus Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-Ray Drive (BC-12B1ST)

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and
AMD Phenom

SDD: Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT128M4SSD2

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Case: Corsair CC600TWM-WHT Special Edition Graphite Series 600T Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - White
Keyboard: Logitech Gaming Keyboard G110
Monitor: Viewsonic VX2453MH-LED 24-Inch Ultra-thin Widescreen LED Monitor - Black
Mouse: Microsoft SideWinder Gaming Mouse
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  2. For ram would it be better to get the Corsair XMS3 16GB (4x 4GB) PC3-10666 1333MHz DDR3 Memory Kit for AMD and Intel Dual Channel Processors
    CMX16GX3M4A1333C9 , or the Ripjaws?
  3. For gaming, you don't need 16gb, I mean if you really want it, go ahead, but no real need.
  4. Alright thanks ^^, how long do you think this would last me ish
  5. Few years at least, it's a solid system.
  6. Alright thanks for your help
  7. No problem. I think that you'll be satisfied with it.
  8. Oh if your still here to read this, do you think you can tell me what overclocking exactly is? and how you would do it?
  9. Well it basically raises the speed at which the components run at. For example, the CPU is stock at 3.4ghz, but you can overclock it by changing the multiplier, which is at x34 (100 x 34) and bumping it to x40, or x42, or x45. Read up on a few articles, it's not something you should just jump into and start changing numbers. Here's a good article.
  10. Also ive been reading around an the preference is usually i5-2500K over the Intel i5-3570k . Is it a preference? one overclocks better or which is it?
  11. With a sufficient cooler, the 3570k is better. Don't try overclocking with the stock one.
  12. So overall, for now until i get a better grasp just stick with the defaults?
  13. Yeah, read up on overclocking and how to test stability. If you have any questions, just post in the Overclocking section.
  14. Okay thanks.
  15. Oh also would you suggest Newegg to buy from?
  16. Yep, Newegg is one of the best places to buy electronics from. Great customer service, good deals, free 3-day shipping.
  17. Thanks for all the help
  18. for the GPU
  19. Nope. 7970 is the best price/performance available right now.
  20. Also, same brand but different size for the monitor is it the same quality?
  21. if you live near a microcenter the i5 2500k will be more bang for the buck with not that much excluded

    you will pretty much want i5 3rd gen for some of the little details they didnt have for the 2nd gen

    i will still go with 3rd gen cuz i don't like being behide on anything when i build a new system
  22. Also instead of a cpu fan, what would you suggest for water cooling?
  23. Also would you put the OS in the SSD?
  24. IronicDream said:
    Also would you put the OS in the SSD?

    yes for quick starts
  25. boulbox said:
    yes for quick starts

    Do you happen to know if this case would fit, and what would be compatiable for a water cooling system?
  26. Best answer selected by IronicDream.
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